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London Central Mosque stabbing: Man in court over attack

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Image caption The victim was stabbed at London Central Mosque near Regent's Park in London

A man has been charged with a stabbing which happened inside London's Central Mosque during afternoon prayers.

Daniel Horton, 29, is accused of attacking Raafat Maglad at the Regent's Park place of worship on Thursday.

Mr Maglad, who is 70, sustained stab wounds to his neck that were inflicted with a kitchen knife.

Mr Horton, who is homeless, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court earlier accused of causing grievous bodily harm and possession of a bladed article.

Prosecutor Tanyia Dogra told the court the victim and defendant were known to each other because Mr Horton had been attending the mosque for a number of years.

The accused, whom the court heard had been sleeping rough since last year, was remanded into custody.

He is expected to appear at Southwark Crown Court on 20 March.

The court was told Mr Maglad had suffered a 1.5cm wound to his neck.

He was taken to hospital for treatment before returning to the mosque for prayers the next day.

Mr Maglad who is a muezzin - someone who calls Muslims to prayer - said it was "very important" for him to attend Friday prayers.

"If I miss it, I just miss something very important," Mr Maglad said.

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